Roger Ballen’s photography is incredibly dense and visceral, consisting of psychological and existential statements, rather than ones that are political, social or economic. Though Ballen’s work is often described as dark and disturbing, the artist, who photographs exclusively in South Africa, believes his work is revelatory, its content revealing the anxieties his viewers have about their surroundings and themselves. Approaching his subjects with a simultaneously empathetic and photojournalistic eye in the vein of Diane Arbus, Ballen vividly brings to life two men who would have remain unseen by the rest of the world in Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal. With their misshapen faces, drooling mouths, and dribble-stained shirts, the adult twins prompt a rush of questions, curiosity and intrigue.
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